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Niagara Falls

Arthur Parton

American Art

Little is known about Arthur Parton’s watercolor activities, although he did exhibit regularly with the American Watercolor Society beginning in 1880. Depicting one of America’s most sublime and popular landscape subjects, this ambitious picture provides a good example of an exhibition watercolor. Its highly textured surface—created with opaque paints—approximates the material and atmospheric effects Parton achieved in his oil paintings.
MEDIUM Transparent and opaque watercolor on cream, thick, moderately textured wove paper
DATES ca. 1880
DIMENSIONS 21 x 29 11/16 in. (53.3 x 75.4 cm) Frame: 25 1/2 x 34 x 2 in. (64.8 x 86.4 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Arthur Parton"
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Henfield Foundation, Inc.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Arthur Parton (American, 1842–1914). Niagara Falls, ca. 1880. Transparent and opaque watercolor on cream, thick, moderately textured wove paper, 21 x 29 11/16 in. (53.3 x 75.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Henfield Foundation, Inc., 70.174 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 70.174_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 70.174_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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